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READY FOR ACTION: Rescue Training International instructor Wesley Meyer stands in the Trinity River as he gives instructions to members of the Granbury VFD’s special operations team. Those on the boat are Kalob Patino, left, and Anthony Fazio. Behind Patino is Freeman Hawker and further in the background, barely visible, is Diego Guerrero. COURTESY: Rescue Training International

For Anthony Fazio, a member of the Granbury Volunteer Fire Department’s special operations team, the recent drive home from Dallas with some of his colleagues held a bit of irony.

Fazio and four other members of the special operations team had just spent their weekend undergoing swift water rescue training on the Trinity River. They headed home to a county that was under a flash flood watch.

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LIFELINE: Instructor Joe Ringnald pretends to be a swimmer in need of rescue as Kalob Patino throws him a rope bag while colleague Forrest Lohman drives the boat. Another instructor, Wesley Meyer, is pictured on a boat in the background. COURTESY: Rescue Training International

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LIFESAVERS: Members of the Granbury Volunteer Fire Department’s special operations team posed for a picture at the site of their recent swift water rescue training on the Trinity River. Pictured from left to right are Freeman Hawker, Forrest Lohman, Diego Guerrero, Kalob Patino, and Anthony Fazio. COURTESY: Granbury Volunteer Fire Department

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TEAM EFFORT: Kalob Patino tows a basket containing “victim” Anthony Fazio and his "rescuer," instructor Melissa Ringler. COURTESY: Rescue Training International